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Letter: Get off highway after a breakdown

Traffic on the westbound Long Island Expressway is

Traffic on the westbound Long Island Expressway is backed up after an accident that briefly closed down the LIE in both directions in Old Westbury at around 6:45 a.m. Thursday morning, Aug. 7, 2014. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Newsday reported the death of a motorist who was struck by a tractor trailer while he was changing a flat tire on the shoulder of the Long Island Expressway [“Cops: Man hit, killed after flat tire on LIE,” News, July 22]. This was a tragic and needless death.

The shoulder of the LIE or any busy road is a very dangerous place. If you must pull over, move the car to a place of safety. Know how to turn on your four-way flashers, and use them.

If you can’t find a safe spot to pull over, you should continue driving until you can. It’s possible to drive several miles with a flat tire.

When a tire goes flat on the expressway, turn on the emergency flashers and move to the right lane or shoulder. You can continue to drive at less than 20 mph until you reach the next exit. The car will shake a bit, but that is better than risking your life.

Robert Caskey, Miller Place

Editor’s note: The writer has taught driver education.